Married for Life

At our engagement party, M and I received a book called Married for Life: Inspiration from those married 50 years or more. I had completely forgotten about it until I was cleaning the guest room/M’s office a few weeks ago, and came across it on the bookshelf in there.

Sometimes I really wish I’d found it a lot sooner than I did.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces of advice from it, with mentions of the couples and their wedding dates:

  • Learn to be content with what you have.Culver & Virginia Wilber, June 16, 1938
  • Determine from the start that divorce is never an option. James & Mildred Garey, December 26, 1936
  • A good marriage is give and take—but mostly give. Merywn & Freda Bridenstine, June 25, 1925
  • Learn to roll with the punches. Lennie & Victoria Shane, January 29, 1938
  • Everyone has problems—just stay together and work them out! John & Clarice Gillespie, March 5, 1945
  • Do everything you can to express your love. Also Lennie & Victoria Shane
  • Let life’s experiences draw you closer together. Herman &  Mary Sue Davis, October 5, 1943
  • Have fun just being together.Arthur & Mabel Johnson, October 22, 1920

There are several of those things I wish I’d seen (again) before kids, job loss, brain surgery, and, in general, life.

Have you ever been given advice by a couple married for a long time that you’ve tried to implement in your life? Has it worked?

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